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English translation: That's Porta Appia (See below)

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16:47 Sep 6, 2000
Italian to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
Italian term or phrase: porta capena
Not so much a vocabulary query as a confirmation. Can you confirm (or deny) that one of Rome's original gates is known in English as the "Capena Gate". It rings no bells at all. (Incidentally, it appears that it is now known as the Porta Sant Sebastiano).
Berni Armstrong
Local time: 07:46
English translation:That's Porta Appia (See below)
Explanation:
Porta Appia, at present called Porta San Sebastiano , corresponds
to the Porta Capena of the Servian Wall and it was built under Honorius. With a unique barrel-vault, it is flanked by two mighty cylindrical towers....
"Piazza di Porta Capena" does exist nowadays.
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Dr Claudio De Marchi
Local time: 07:46
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Hi thanks to both of you. If in doubt I always give the points to the first to answer. You know how speed can be of the essence in our stressful "deadline" ridden profession :-)

This is one of those cases where the translator does more research than the original author who clearly stated that the Sebastiano was formerly the Capena. But context tells me s/he really meant the Appia... Which of course I am familiar with. We drove the Appian Way back in ´64 when the only cars on the road belonged to the Mafia, the government or those workers rich enough to afford a Fiat 500 ;-)

Cheers:
Berni

PS If you happen to know by which gate Carlos V (Holy Roman Emperor) really did enter the city after his victory at Tunis, please don't hesitate to send me an e-mail. berni-b@teleline.es THANX
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Laura Gentili
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That's Porta Appia (See below)


Explanation:
Porta Appia, at present called Porta San Sebastiano , corresponds
to the Porta Capena of the Servian Wall and it was built under Honorius. With a unique barrel-vault, it is flanked by two mighty cylindrical towers....
"Piazza di Porta Capena" does exist nowadays.


    Reference: http://www.cyberfair.org/archi/page/gates/e_pr_ro01.htm
Dr Claudio De Marchi
Local time: 07:46
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in pair: 36
Grading comment
Hi thanks to both of you. If in doubt I always give the points to the first to answer. You know how speed can be of the essence in our stressful "deadline" ridden profession :-)

This is one of those cases where the translator does more research than the original author who clearly stated that the Sebastiano was formerly the Capena. But context tells me s/he really meant the Appia... Which of course I am familiar with. We drove the Appian Way back in ´64 when the only cars on the road belonged to the Mafia, the government or those workers rich enough to afford a Fiat 500 ;-)

Cheers:
Berni

PS If you happen to know by which gate Carlos V (Holy Roman Emperor) really did enter the city after his victory at Tunis, please don't hesitate to send me an e-mail. berni-b@teleline.es THANX

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see below


Explanation:
"Outside of Rome you can follow a long stretch of the original road marked "Via Appia Antica." The most noteworthy parts begin at the Porta San Sebastiano, once called the Porta Appia. (The original start of the Appia was the Porta Capena of which little remains, but you may still find traces of this gate across from the Piazza Di Porta Capena located a few hundred yards from the Forum and the Coliseum.) The name of the gate was changed from Porta Appia to Porta San Sebastiano in the Middle Ages when the gate was enlarged and the towers were added."




Laura Gentili
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Local time: 07:46
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in pair: 221

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